Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I'm It!

I've noticed this game of tag going on around the ol' blogosphere. I checked my blogging buddy, Nari from narislife last week - because the only reason I don't check out her posts as soon as they're posted is because I'm out helping Mrs. C with chores or being held captive by a clan evil rogue ninja... With no wi-fi (Rogue ninjas would be the only reason I will accept from you for not checking her blog out, by the way). Anyway, as I was saying, I checked out her post and, wouldn't you know it, she tagged me.

Now, it requires me to play a game of twenty questions (minus one). But, first off, I have to tag four of you guys. Wait-wait-wait-wait!!! Don't try running. You're tagged! Accept it. So congratulations to:

A Vapid Blonde
Heather (aka Sugar Free) from Sugar Free Thoughts
Kev D. from Highway 10 Revisited
paulsifer42 from "I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference"

You guys are now "it".

Now, the questions:

1. If you have pets, do you see them as merely animals, or are they members of your family?

No pets right now. We can't have anything more than goldfish in our apartment, which we did, but we lost them all to a fungal infection last year (*wipes away tear*). We did have two dogs when we first got married, though. Snow and Ash.
Guess which was Ash & which was Snow.
Crappy quality, I know. They were scanned from old photos
Snow was the prima donna. If you dared buy the "cheap" dog food she had this thing where she'd sniff at it first, look at you, turn and walk away. Even with the more expensive type, it had to be her brand. She first did this when she was just a puppy and the milk wasn't warm enough. Sadly, she died from illness. Ash, the baby, was untrainable but he had mastered this sad, sorrowful look that made it hard to be mad at him for too long. When we moved the landlady, who was a cat person, tolerated him for a while but eventually said he had to go. We sent him to live with a friend in the country where he recently died of old age.

Their personalities made it impossible to see them as just animals.

2. If you can have a dream come true what would it be?

To be a parent. I've seen so many others have children so easily and never appreciate what they have. I know I'll be a good father.

3. What is the one thing most hated by you?

Haters. People who can't see someone else happy or successful and not bitch about it for the sake of bitching. Not that there aren't so-called happy and successful people out there who don't deserve it. I know there are a lot of people who abuse their good fortune. They deserve a swift kick in the ass with a steel tipped boot. But I refuse to resent someone simply they have it better than I do.

4. What would you do with a billion dollars?

I don't really know if I need all of that myself. I'd definitely buy myself a house. I'd buy one for my parents as well. Up to today, they've never had the opportunity to own their own and even now, in their old age, I think they'd love it. The rest? I don't really know.

5.What helps pull you out of a bad mood?

Comedy. I've been pulled out of many a funk from a good stand up routine.

6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone.

Loving someone is great but I'd say being loved. But, then again, I might just be a needy little attention grubber.

7. What is your bedtime routine?

Not that much, really. I make sure there are no unnecessary lights on and that the doors are locked. I do all the other things too, of course. I brush my teeth, pee, etc. I usually like to shower just before bed too but that's just about it. Oooh! Oooh! There is this one thing. We have one of those memory foam mattresses and, recently, I started working on various "crash landings".

I still maintain that I'll be a good parent.

8. If you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?

We met where we worked. I wrote a post on it. Click here to see the full story.

9. If you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, who would it be?

A sculptor, definitely. Or a glassblower (cue the pornography reference jokes). I've seen it done on TV. I bet it's fascinating to see it done in person.

10. What kind of books do you read?

I love science fiction but I'm not opposed to a good mystery or suspense either. I've always liked Ben Elton's work. I love the way he uses humor in his writing.

11. How would you see yourself in ten years time?

I'll tell you in ten years.

12. What's your fear?

Looking stupid. Yet I refer you to any one of my blog posts. Seems I might be a bit of a glutton for punishment.

13. Would you give up all junk food for the rest of your life for an opportunity to visit outer space?

Hmmm... I'll have to think about that.

14. Would you rather be single and rich or married, but poor?

Married and poor, while it has it's setbacks isn't too bad. I'd probably have a bit more cash at my disposal if I were single, though.

15. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

Well, after the obligatory bathroom trip, I like to just spend some time in peace and quite. I use this time to reflect, pray (Yes, I'm one of those. I never denied it) and sometimes hammer out a blog post. It depends on how early I get up.

16. If you could change one thing about your spouse/partner, what would it be?

She needs to let her inner goof run free more and worry a bit less. Not that I want her to be happy-go-lucky, mind you, but worrying accounted for a big part of her insomnia.

17. If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?

I've always liked my name (which isn't Vinny, obviously). It's close. Vinny is a nickname Mrs. C (not her's either, duh) gave me. I've never really considered another one.

I'm still weighing the options on the junk food question...

18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?

I have in the past. I think I forgive and forget too easily. Then again, the offenses haven't been so fallen into the realm of totally unforgivable. Truth is, if the act was bad enough, I just don't know.

19. If you could eat only one thing for the next six months, what would it be?

Vinny love pasta. Especially if there's some cheese mixed in. Any pasta/cheese combo will do it for me, really.

Sorry. I'm still stumped on that junk food question... It's a really tough choice.

Well, that's it. I pass the torch on to you, my four chosen ones. Now go forth.


  1. You would be an exceptional Dad... especially jumping on the bed routine... super cool.

    I have been fortunate to be in Venice and watch the master glass blowers at work, unbelievable talent.

    So... do you have to be tagged or can you just steal the idea from Naris, but still tag her? (I think that because my blog is private I miss out on the good stuff.)

  2. I'm in the middle of my list of ten dating tidbits. So, if I get done with those, and my next post is not continuing tag, I want you to reprimand me... in some way. Be creative, but not hurtful. :)

  3. @ Nubian: You got to see the glassblowers in action? Awesome!

    PS: No one misses out on my watch! If it's what you want I officially bend the rules (because we're in my house now) and name you the fifth tag...ee? tagged person? You know what I mean.

    @ Sugar Free: I knew you would. Go get 'em!

    @ paulsifer: Bwahahahahaha! Remember, you requested it.

  4. OO! It's like a survey, I love surveys..!
    Glass blowing is cool. We sometimes have people set up little mini workshops in our shopping centre and you can see the artist at work. Just small things, like a flower or animal. I love watching it.

    I agree with you on #2 going through IVF when there are so many bad parents out there is hard.

  5. Glass blowing is fascinating to watch but you are the first person I have encountered that wants to do it for a living. Very original Vinny! ...I have a feeling that you will make a great parent although the photo reference to the wife could use a bit of work ; )

  6. Glass blowing is really quite fascinating. Sculptors are AWESOME! I coordinated a HUMONGOUS snow carving competition 2 yrs in a row, I loved it!

    Great choices for tagging too! Yay!

  7. Loved your answers. I knew were the right one to tag...well, that and you were running slower than everyone else.

    You would be one of the best dads ever! Hurry up! Get moving on that one...but hang on to that billion dollars, once you add kids to the mix, you're gonna need it.

  8. Vinny, you had some great answers to the tagging.

    Like you I also got tagged with the same set of questions. My answers will be posted tomorrow.

  9. I had this crazy idea that I would try glass blowing once...but never did.

    I keep my crazy at bay mostly.

    Thanks You Vinny!

  10. I already knew you were a cool dude.

    I will now be bugging you until you take a sculpting or glass-blowing course or workshop and show us the results.


  11. I've seen the glass-blowing thing done, and it is truly amazing. Looks like it takes a lot of talent. I;ve read quite a few of these surveys since I;ve had to do mine and not many of us could figure out ways to spend a billion dollars, I guess that's because I haven't run across any congressmen, ex-presidents or government employees.

  12. I've always been so bad at tag. I always preferred hide and seek.

    But I'll definitely address this being tagged situation shortly :)

  13. http://highway10revisited.blogspot.com/p/updates.html


  14. Wow, that junk food question is tough. Maybe I would give it up for a trip to outer space if Mars was actually a "Mars" Bar. Or the Milky Way was actually a "Milky Way". Or...hey, wait a minute, why are so many candy bars named after things in outer space?
    Loved your answers to all of these questions. - G

  15. @ Alittlesprite: We have been looking into IVF as an option. Depending how things go with the current attempt, we’ll see.

    @ The Empress:
    Glass blowing is fascinating to watch but you are the first person I have encountered that wants to do it for a living. Very original Vinny! ...I have a feeling that you will make a great parent although the photo reference to the wife could use a bit of work ; )
    February 22, 2011 6:19 PM

    @ Nikki: You do such cool things!

    @ Nari: Good advice…

    Whaddaya mean running slower?

    @ Oilfield Trash: I look forward to seeing them.

    @ A Vapid Blonde: You’re welcome. I’ve found it best to sometimes submit to the crazy - the harmless crazy, at least. It can sometimes lead to all kinds of fun.

    @ AC: Me? Cool? Finally! Guess now’s as good a time as any.

    Idea successfully planted. Dang!

    @ dbs: It was the sswift kick with a steel tipped boot part, wasn’t it? I love that line.

    @ Greg: The weird part is they not only find ways to spend it, they also end up running out & having to find more.

    @ Kev D.: I be keeping an eye… HOLY CRAP! That was fast.

    @ Georgina Dollface: Still weighing the options…

  16. @ The Empress: Sorry 'bout that. Technical difficulties (aka: Don't cut & paste comments & responses


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